KPC Blood Drives Saves 558 lives
KPC staff have saved hundreds of lives following a recent blood donation drive in the Company’s headquarters in Nairobi and outer stations. KPC in support of the World Blood Donor Day called on the goodwill of its fraternity to join in saving the lives of Kenyans who are in dire need of blood transfusions. The day was marked with a blood donation drive held across the Company in conjunction with Kenya National Blood Transfusion Services (KNBTS). The event was themed “15 to save a life” as it only takes an average of 15 minutes to donate one unit of blood.
“The country needs more than 400, 000 units of blood per year to full various medical needs, but records show a staggering shortfall of 150, 000 units,” said Abdinassir Dahir Nairobi Director at KNBTS. He further added that KPC having donated 186 units this will help save 558 lives since one unit saves up to 3 lives.
KPC MD Joe Sang said: “A key component in maintaining an effective health system is to ensure that there is safe blood products and sufficient quantities. Transfusion of blood and blood products help save millions of lives every year, as is evident from patients with life threatening conditions.” Noting the numbers required nationally, he deemed it fit for KPC to participate in this noble cause. He further added he would flag off the next drive in KPC and it shall be carried out in all stations.
KPC clinical laboratory personnel in collaboration with the KNBTS officers carried the drive in eight depots namely Nakuru (PS 25), Eldoret ( PS27), Kisumu ( PS28), Changamwe (PS1), Moi International Airport (PS12), and Nairobi ( HQ/PS/9/ 10). “Truly KPC’s participation in this drive is aptly captured in the global theme,” Be there for Someone Else, Give Blood, Save a Life”
The Kenya National Blood Transfusion Service (KNBTS) was established in the year 2000 in the Ministry of Health. Its mandate is to collect, test, and process and distribute blood and blood products to all transfusing hospitals in Kenya. KNBTS has six Regional Blood Transfusion Centers (RBTC) and 14 satellite centers and functionally all the six RBTCs and for Naivasha and Kericho branches. Blood testing and processing is restricted to the six RBTCs except for preparation of packed red cells that is also done at a few selected satellites.